Category: Individual Recordings

12/05/19. Dawn Chorus in the woods at Cominac. Part I

I sat on a comfortable and quiet rotting log by the track after setting up my microphones in a wood clearing.  It was quite early; about 5am, and there was very little sound except for those noises made by those of us present setting up our kit across the forest to record the dawn chorus. ...

10/05/19. Black redstarts in Aulus-les-Bains before dawn.

I sat on a bench in the quiet narrow winding streets of Aulus well before dawn and waited for the Black Redstarts.  In the background the River Garbet can be heard as it continues to empty the spring thaw down the valley. Black redstarts are quite rare in the UK; I had never heard one ...

24/05/19. Great Black Backed Gulls in conversation, Skokholm.

It was about noon and I was walking down the path from the harbour to the Lighthouse.   Near “sugar loaf” I stopped to watch two great black backed gulls (I think they were, anyway!).    They appeared to be having a conversation.  It seemed mostly one-sided with one being very earnest and outspoken.  At ...

25/05/19. Sedge Warbler on the neck.

Short monaural recording of a sedge warbler on the neck at Skokholm.   These lovely birds can be heard all over the island.   The male changes its song regularly; apparently to draw the attention of prospective mates.

15/06/19. Guillemots at Stack Rocks and Green Bridge of Wales

This beautiful spot is on the coastal path, and access by car is limited because you must travel through the army tank training grounds near Merrion, Pembrokeshire.   The setting is spectacular, and just a few yards from the car park you encounter the series of stacks (large, freestanding rock pillars formed from former “bridges” ...

21/05/19. Guillemots on Twinlet Bay cliffs, Skokholm.

Guillemots make a very distinctive call, sounding insistent, annoyed and strangled all at once.  A perfect descriptive word is “argumentative”, suggested to me recently by former Skomer warden, Mike Alexander. Skokholm’s cliffs are full of guillemots.    Other sounds on this recording include seals, razorbills, fulmars.

21/05/19. Fulmars chattering at North Gully, Skokholm

A small group of nesting fulmars sits chattering together on the high ledges above North Gully.   Some in pairs; some singles whose mates are out for food.   In one case, it’s a threesome and late in the recording the third is noisily chased off. Argumentative guillemots can also be heard, as well as ...